Appleton - Welder Wildlife Foundation Case for Support


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Please contact Dr. Selma Glasscock ( for more information about this important capital campaign. This case statement was designed in tandem with a PowerPoint slide show, which is also posted on SlideShare. This is one of my favorite projects, and if you know anyone with an interest in providing funding to make the new Education Facility a reality, please let Selma or me know. Thank you!

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Appleton - Welder Wildlife Foundation Case for Support

  1. 1. Conservation Education for Future Generations Education Facility Campaign Updated: May 19, 2009 1
  2. 2. Dr. D. Lynn Drawe Education Facility Campaign Chairman Dr. James G. Teer Education Facility Campaign Honorary Chairman and Director Emeritus 2
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS The Need Page 4 The Importance of Conservation Education Page 5 Mission Page 6 Welder Fellows Pages 6 and 7 K-12 Classes Page 7 Colleges and Universities Page 8 Informal Education Groups Page 8 Workshops and Field Days, and Other Page 9 What Do Teachers Say? Page 10 A Word about the Welder Staff and Our Future Plans Page 11 What the Education Facility Will Look Like Page 12 Exhibition Gallery Renderings Pages 13, 14 and 15 Floor Plan Page 16 Naming Opportunities Page 17 In Conclusion Page 18 Supportive Information Page 19 Education Campaign Facility Budget Page 20 How to Make a Donation Page 21 Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation History Page 22 Annual Operating Budget Pages 23 and 24 Additional Giving Opportunities Page 25 Trustees and Staff Leadership Page 26 Photography Credits Pages 27 and 28 3
  4. 4. The Need A new Education Facility is being planned for the grounds of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. Dedicated to the study and appreciation of the unique ecology of South Texas, the facility will enhance the Foundation’s already extensive educational activities. The Education Facility will serve several purposes. The building will include a museum to house and display the Donald Bowman Bird Collection, one of the premier bird collections in the world. The Bowman Collection contains 305 beautifully preserved bird specimens, some of which are exceedingly rare and over 100 years old. Today, however, the collection is stored in cramped closets, with only a few specimens available for public viewing. The new building will also house the Francis Lee Jaques Collection of Wildlife Art, including 6 paintings, and 3 unique, three-dimensional exhibits featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Welder Wildlife Refuge. The Education Facility will become home to the rare RoyW. Quillin Egg Collection, which includes 2,200 clutches of bird eggs and approximately 10,000 individual eggs. This remarkable collection includes eggs obtained before the widespread use of pesticides, and hence it is very important for research purposes. In addition, the Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation’s remarkable collections of scientific bird study skins and taxidermy specimens; reptiles; amphibians; insects; and mammals will be relocated to the new building. A fully computerized Classroom will be a significant component of the new Education Facility. Not only will students be able to wander across the Welder Wildlife Refuge to experience South Texas wildlife and wildlife habitats in person, they will be able to sit indoors and participate in scholarly lectures and presentations, and to conduct research using computers. In addition, the building will contain the most up-to-date climate controls and cabinetry to assure the long-term maintenance and preservation of the Foundation’s remarkable natural history collections, so that students may come to the Education Facility to learn about, and study them. Last but not least, the building will contain a light-filled Atrium for special gatherings year-round. 4
  5. 5. At 9,600 square feet, the new Education Facility will be a tremendous addition to the Welder campus, one greatly needed, as the Foundation’s natural history and wildlife art collections can no longer be safely contained in the original structures onsite. Climate controls are unable to fully conserve the Foundation’s collections, and storage space is exceedingly cramped. The Education Facility will be an outstanding resource for those seeking to learn about the rich natural heritage of South Texas, and other significant environments nationally and internationally. Today, the Welder Wildlife Refuge is a premier destination for students and visitors of all ages; with the new building, it will become even more sought after by visitors. Our fundraising goal for the Education Facility is $4,693,500. We anticipate fundraising through summer, 2010, at which time we hope to begin construction, aiming to complete the project and open it to the public early in 2011. The Importance of Conservation Education It is well documented that human populations are becoming more concentrated in urban areas, and these areas contain little or no wildlife, or wildlife habitat to sustain them. In fact, 84% of people in the United States are living in cities. Simultaneously, people are losing their natural ties with the land, as direct experience with it has been greatly diminished. Once vast expanses of land are being divided into separate parcels, and many of those parcels are being developed for human purposes. Little natural habitat remains; hence, there are fewer places for wildlife to seek refuge. South Texas - with large ranches lying at its heart like the King Ranch and the Welder Wildlife Refuge - has not been as great a victim of fragmentation and development as other regions of Texas and the nation. In fact, South Texas has become one of the “Last Great Habitats” remaining for wildlife in the world. The primary drawback for education purposes is that the vast majority of this rich wildlife habitat is privately owned, and hence public access is limited (or non-existent). There are relatively few public parks available in South Texas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains several coastal wildlife refuges up and down the Texas Gulf Coast that do provide opportunities for recreation and study by the public, but these are not well known, nor easy to access by the public. However, the Welder Wildlife Refuge is unique, and fills a critical gap in terms of public access and education in South Texas. The Refuge is accessible by the public. It includes 16 different vegetation communities and is home to approximately 55 species of mammals and 55 5
  6. 6. species of reptiles and amphibians. More than 380 bird species have been recorded on the Refuge. And, education lies at the heart of the mission of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1954 by the late Rob H. Welder (1890-1953). Its mission, as set forth in Mr. Welder’s will, is: “To further the education of the people of Texas and elsewhere in wildlife conservation and in the knowledge of the breeding and living habits of our wild creatures, and in the relationship of wildlife to domestic livestock on our ranches and farms; to afford students and others interested in wildlife betterment and propagation and in the raising of wildlife along with domestic animals, a place for research and an opportunity for the study thereof; and to develop scientific methods of increasing the wildlife populations of the state and nation for the benefit of future generations of our people who may not have the opportunity to know and appreciate our wildlife, as I have, unless methods of increasing and conserving our wildlife are scientifically developed. For these purposes I here create a foundation to be known as the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation.” The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation is perhaps best known for its graduate research fellowship program, launched in 1956. The Welder Fellow program promotes the education of exceptionally qualified graduate students and provides research information to manage wildlife populations. The scientific breadth of the program is suggested by the academic units of previous fellowship recipients, among them: animal behavior, biology, botany, conservation education, ecology, genetics, mammalogy, ornithology, parasitology, range science, veterinary pathology, and wildlife sciences. To date, the Foundation has funded 320 graduate students from as many as 62 universities. The Welder Fellow program is prestigious, and many past fellowship recipients have established significant careers. A few of them include: 6
  7. 7. • Thad Box, Ph.D., Dean, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University (retired), and former Gerald Thomas Professor of Sustainable Systems, New Mexico State University • D. Lynn Drawe, Ph.D., Director (recently retired), Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation • Stephanie Brown Fabritius, Ph.D., Vice President, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky • Louis A. Harveson, Ph.D., Director, Borderlands Research Institute, Sul Ross State University • Winifred B. Kessler, Ph.D., Director of Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology and Watershed, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Alaska • John Rappole, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C. • Allen Rasmussen, Ph.D., Dean, Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Texas A&M University-Kingsville • James G. Teer, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, recently inducted into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Conservation Hall of Fame • Michael E. Tewes, Ph.D., Frank Daniel Yturria Chair in Wild Cat Research and Regent’s Professor, Texas A&M University- Kingsville. In addition, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation offers education programs for as many as 4,900 people of all ages, annually. Among the classes and organizations that have visited the Foundation and participated in educational programs over the past five years (this is a partial list), are: K-12 Classes • ABC Homeschoolers, Corpus Christi • Alamo Middle School, Alamo • Alice High School, Alice • Annapolis Christian Academy, Corpus Christi • Baytown Junior High School, Baytown • Blanche Moore Elementary, Corpus Christi • Blaschke Sheldon Elementary, Ingleside • Halletsville High School, Halletsville • Harker Heights AP Biology, Harker Heights • Homeschoolers of South Texas, Corpus Christi • Ingleside Independent School District, Ingleside • Keystone School, San Antonio 7
  8. 8. • Killeen High School, Killeen • Sinton High School, Sinton • Lamar Intermediate School, Sinton • Spanish and Science Club, Port Aransas • Learning Resource Center, Beeville • St. John’s School, Houston • Odem Elementary, Odem • Texas State Aquarium Homeschool Group, Corpus Christi • Ray High School, Corpus Christi • Travis Middle School, Port Lavaca • Robstown High School, Robstown • Yorktown Homeschoolers, Corpus Christi • Seashore Learning Center, Corpus Christi Colleges and Universities • Eastfield College, Mesquite • Tarleton State University, Stephenville • McGill University, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevu, Quebec • Texas State University-San Marcos • Southwestern Adventist University, Keene • University of Nevada, Reno • Texas A&M University-College Station • University of Vermont, Burlington • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi • Wharton Junior College, Wharton • Texas A&M University-Kingsville Informal Education Groups • Adventure Guides (YMCA), San Antonio • Boy Scouts of America, Gary Massey, Gardenright • Boy Scouts of America, Rhonda Camp, Corpus Christi • Boy Scouts of America, Troop 323, Corpus Christi • First Baptist Church, Corpus Christi • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Corpus Christi • Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi 8
  9. 9. Workshops and Field Days • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Agriculture Teachers • Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Teaching, Workshop Corpus Christi • Area 10 Range Contest • Wild Turkey Workshop • National Archery in the Schools Training • Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner, Welder • Birding Field Day Wildlife Foundation • Conservation Across Boundaries, Welder Wildlife • Volunteer Workshop, Welder Wildlife Foundation Foundation (Texas) and Boone & Crockett Club (Montana) • Welder Wildlife Foundation Student Symposium • Feral Hog Workshop • Welder Wildlife Foundation Youth Hunt • Herpetofauna Workshop • Wildlife Conservation Camp, Texas Chapter, The Wildlife • Mid-Coast Master Naturalists, Aransas Pass Society • Texas A&M University Burn Day • Wildflower Workshop • Wildlife Alliance Other Groups • Agriculture Teachers Tour • Operational Entomology U.S. Air Force, Brooks Air Force • Barry D. Andrews and Welder Families Tour Base, San Antonio • Coastal Bend Photo Contest • Sinton Garden Club • Coastal Bend Tourism Council • State Wildlife Contest • Copano Bay Water Quality Meeting • Texas Cooperative Extension, Corpus Christi • Galveston County Extension Office • Texas Outdoor Educators Association, Leakey • Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas • Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Workshop A&M University-Corpus Christi • Texas Tropical Trails Association • Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist Award Dinner, • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Corpus Christi Rotary Club of Corpus Christi • Welder Wildlife Christmas Luncheon • Hibiscus Garden Club, Aransas Pass • Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program, State Contest • Lone Star Dutch Oven Cooking Society, Corpus Christi 9
  10. 10. What Do Teachers Say? The following are comments from teachers who have brought their students to participate in educational programs at the Welder Wildlife Refuge. The Foundation prides itself on providing hands-on, scientifically-based conservation education programs for students and the public, year-round, and it has done so for over 50 years. “We come back from field trips more aware of nature. [The students] are learning about wetlands and why they are important to humans. To a lot of them, that is really an eye-opener. How could something that was once considered swampland … ‘useless’ land … why is it so important? They have become aware this is an environmental issue. The hope is, that as adults they will be cognizant of the importance of wetlands, and learn to protect that part of the environment in the future.” - Christine Latkovich, Sinton High School “Surprisingly, we have had kids who had not been out in the country and seen deer and turkey. I take that for granted, because I grew up seeing these things, but some of the kids I’ve taken out to the Welder Wildlife Refuge have not.” - Kathy Westerman, Ray High School, Corpus Christi “One of the things the students found particularly interesting was going to the Welder library. They keep a copy of every thesis done at the Refuge, and the kids were amazed at some of the research, and impressed by the kinds of studies that have gone on over the years.” - Alice Kagi, David Martin, and Priscilla Scott, St. John’s School, Houston 10
  11. 11. “We always try to get one of the field researchers to come talk to us after dinner. The kids have said that was a real highlight … where they see what the research is like and what is being done.” - Alice Kagi, David Martin, and Priscilla Scott, St. John’s School, Houston “I like it because it is more hands-on, and the students get to do things at their own pace.” - Jessica Elam, ABC Homeschoolers, Robstown A Word about the Welder Staff and Our Future Plans The staff of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation is experienced and knowledgeable. The Foundation has focused for over 50 years on promoting and overseeing outstanding conservation research, and on providing science- and place-based educational programming for people of all ages. Following in the footsteps of this distinguished tradition, the Foundation intends to expand its role even further. With the acquisition of significant natural history collections like the Donald Bowman Bird Collection, it is critical that the Education Facility we have proposed be constructed so that these and other marvelous wildlife specimens in the Welder collections may be viewed by the public and conserved for the benefit of future generations. 11
  12. 12. What the Education Facility Will Look Like The new facility has been designed by Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates of Corpus Christi, and will be 9,600 square feet in size. Primary components include the Exhibition Gallery; Classroom; Special Collections Room; Laboratory; Administrative Office; and the Atrium. The building will contain up-to-date high technology access, climate controls to better conserve all collections, and new, more modern storage units to house and preserve the Foundation’s natural history collections. In addition, space for public events will be available at the center of the Education Facility, which during daylight hours will be infused with natural light from the windows installed above. The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation has also contracted with Dr. Terry Chase and the renowned firm, Chase Studio, Inc., to design and create the exhibits for Exhibition Gallery. Chase Studio is based in Cedarcreek, Missouri. The firm builds and designs natural history and environmental exhibits throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. The studio is one of the premier museum exhibit design studios in the world. Their client list includes the Smithsonian and other major museums, numerous state park museums throughout the United States, fifty-six national parks and monuments, and museums in twelve foreign countries. Chase Studio employs more than seventy artisans. 12
  13. 13. Exhibition Gallery Renderings We anticipate that one of the most visited areas of the building will be the Exhibition Gallery. One of the highlights of this space will be a rotating exhibition of the Don Bowman Bird Collection. This unique collection contains raptors, quails and grouse, and most of the waterfowl of North America. It also contains specimens of two extinct birds, the Passenger Pigeon and Heath Hen, as well as authentic reconstructions of four extinct birds, the Great Auk, Labrador Duck, Pink-headed Duck, and Korean Crested Shellduck. Three stellar examples from the Bowman collection are below. Donald Bowman Bird Collection 13
  14. 14. Exhibition Gallery Renderings (continued) The beautiful Francis Lee Jaques Collection of Wildlife Art will be removed from its former location in the original Foundation buildings, and reinstalled in the new museum as well. Prior to installation, the works will be conserved. In their new setting, they will provide ideal backdrops illustrating the wildlife and landscapes of South Texas, appreciated by students of all ages and visitors year-round. Jaques is known as a greatly-respected artist who worked with the American Natural History Museum in New York City on many famous exhibition designs and themed backdrop settings. 14
  15. 15. In addition, a painted mural (33 feet wide by 7 feet tall), featuring a panoramic view of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge, has been created for our expansion project by artist Kan Fu at Chase Studio, Inc. 15
  16. 16. Floor Plan The cost for constructing and furnishing the new Education Facility will be $4,693,500. Naming opportunities for donors interested in making significant contributions to the project have been established, and are found on the following page. Pledges may be made over three years, if desired. 16
  17. 17. Naming Opportunities Naming of the Education Facility $2,000,000 Exhibition Gallery $ 750,000 Classroom and Laboratory $ 500,000 Special Collections Room $ 500,000 Interior Courtyard $ 300,000 Patio and Entryway $ 250,000 Administrative Office and Reception $ 150,000 Exterior Walkways (2) $ 100,000 (each) Foyer and Waiting Room $ 100,000 Prep Room and Mini-lab $ 100,000 Special Collections Room Bird Specimens $ 40,000 Egg Collection $ 40,000 Entomology $ 40,000 Mammals $ 40,000 In addition, all donors of $10,000 and larger will have their names inscribed permanently in the new Education Facility. 17
  18. 18. In Conclusion Thank you! We deeply appreciate your consideration of our Education Facility Campaign. For more information, please contact us: Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation P.O. Box 1400 Sinton, Texas 78387 361-364-2643 - Telephone 361-364-2650 - Facsimile Website: 18
  19. 19. Supportive Information A. Education Campaign Facility Budget B. How to Make a Donation C. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation History D. Annual Operating Budget E. Additional Giving Opportunities F. Trustees and Staff Leadership G. Photography Credits 19
  20. 20. A. Education Campaign Facility Budget Construction of Education Building $ 2,800,000 Chase Studio museum display creation (designs in-hand) $ 700,000 Campaign administration expenses (7% of $4,386,500, over two years+) $ 307,000 Architectural and engineering fees $ 250,000 Paving improvements on Welder grounds for increase in visitors $ 235,000 Contingency in case of construction and related costs increase over time (5% of $4,177,500) $ 209,000 Storage equipment by Montel $ 95,000 Civil engineering fees $ 28,000 Furniture for completed complex $ 25,000 Audio-visual equipment for teaching purposes $ 15,000 Materials testing fees $ 14,000 General expenses (reproductions, postage, telephone, mileage, etc.) $ 12,000 Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations, Accessibility Review $ 3,500 $ 4,693,500 20
  21. 21. B. How to Make a Donation Contributions may be paid over a three-year time span, if desired. Please contact us to make special arrangements. Your contribution should be addressed to the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation (new), and mailed to: Leslie Crews Vice President and Trust Officer for the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation First Victoria National Bank 101 S. Main Street Victoria, Texas 77901 361-573-6321 or 800-242-3120 Gifts of stocks and securities are welcome and appreciated. Donations to the campaign will be held in a secure, separate bank account that is not invested in the stock market. Please be sure to specify that your gift is for the Education Facility Campaign. Invoices can be provided upon request. Please also be sure to let us know how to list your name properly in all permanent recognition and in our future publications. Donor Communications At the end of each calendar year, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation will provide Education Facility Campaign donors with a written report on the status of the fundraising campaign (until the campaign attains its goal), and eventually, a report on the status of construction of the new building (while the Education Facility is under construction). Unless otherwise notified, we will also send all donors periodic publications from the Foundation, including our annual report and newsletters. A grand opening celebration will also be held, to which all donors will be invited. 21
  22. 22. C. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation History The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation was created by Robert H. “Rob” Welder (pictured at right). Rob Welder was the great-great grandson of Felipe Roque de la Portilla, an empresario of Spain and the great grandson of Franz Welter, who immigrated to this country from Bavaria. Welter arrived in 1833 with his wife, Anne Marie, and five children, John, Tom, Franz, Katharina, and Elisabetha, and three stepchildren. De la Portilla, a Spanish empresario, received 6.5 leagues of land in 1834 from a Spanish land grant. He immigrated to New Spain around 1786. His daughter, Dolores de la Portilla, married Colonel James Power, one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Their daughter, Dolores, married John Welder, son of Franz Welter. John Welder accumulated approximately 100,000 acres in South Texas mostly through the purchase of land grants. The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and the Refuge are located on lands deeded in the original 1834 land grant. Through the tenacity of the De la Portilla and Welder families, these lands were passed from one generation to the next, and through Rob Welder’s generosity they will endure into perpetuity. Rob Welder passed away on December 31, 1953 and on January 1, 1954, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation came into existence. It is a private non-profit operating foundation funded partially by an endowment, oil royalties and cattle income. Rob had designated in his will that Patrick H. Welder; John Welder, IV; and M. Harvey Weil serve as Trustees for the Foundation. These men served the Foundation until their deaths. Today, three members of the family serve in their places: John J. Welder, V; H. C. “Chuck” Weil; and Hughes C. Thomas. The Welder ranch, known as the Welder Wildlife Refuge, is 7,800 acres in size. It is located 35 miles north of Corpus Christi, Texas in the Tamaulipan Biotic Province in a transitional area between the Gulf Prairies and Marshes and the Rio Grande Plans vegetation areas. Permanent facilities currently include offices, a library, dormitory for graduate students and visiting scientists, bunk house for visiting groups, lecture hall, study area, laboratories, a small museum, a small collections storage area, and a rotunda for entertaining. 22
  23. 23. D. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Annual Operating Budget The Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation was funded in 1954, when founder Rob H. Welder provided a significant endowment through his will that continues to help sustain the Foundation today. However, the Foundation does need to augment its annual income for a variety of purposes, including the current capital campaign, by seeking grants and donations from outside sources. A new non-profit 501(c)(3) has been created specifically to accept charitable (tax-deductible) donations, under the name: Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation. The new non-profit, similar to its original operating partner foundation, submits a Form 990 tax return to the IRS and is audited annually. Income and expense ratios from a representative annual operating budget for the original organization, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, are below. Fiscal Year 2007: $1,284,896 Welder Wildlife Foundation Expenses Salaries & Benefits 3% Ranch Maintenance, Repairs, 6% and Insurance 6% Scholarships and Educational Program 38% 10% Professional Fees (legal, investment, etc.) Administrative Expenses (academic travel, research, library, etc.) 17% Taxes (Ad valorem, federal excise, etc.) 20% Depreciation 23
  24. 24. Welder Wildlife Foundation Income 4% 3% 8% 32% Dividends Investment Gains (net) 21% Interest Income Donations, grants, other Oil and Gas Royalities Cattle Sales 32% IRS non-profit employer ID number for the Rob and Bessie 26-3550562 Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation (new): 501(c)(3) approved by the IRS May 11, 2009 for charitable donations Our auditor: Harrison, Waldrop & Uherek, L.L.P. (Certified Public Accountants) 101 S. Main Street, Suite 400 Victoria, Texas 77901 (361) 573-3255 Bank contact: Leslie Crews Vice President and Trust Officer for the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation First Victoria National Bank 101 S. Main Street Victoria, Texas 77901 361-573-6321 or 800-242-3120 24
  25. 25. E. Additional Giving Opportunities Beyond the Education Facility Campaign currently underway, the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation will seek to bolster its endowed investment holdings by offering prospective contributors the option of naming discrete endowments to help support key areas of Foundation operations. Income generated from these permanent investments will be applied to the purposes noted below. At no time will the corpus of the endowments be invaded. Among these endowment opportunities we have identified, are: • Education Facility Endowment: $800,000 For general operational support and upkeep of the facility. • Collections Endowment: $800,000 For future acquisition of new specimens, exhibitions, and long-term conservation of the Foundation’s natural history collections. • Educational Program Endowment: $800,000 For ongoing costs incurred in hosting education programs, among them guest instructor salaries or honoraria; student/guest transportation to and from the Refuge; replacing outdated technologies over time (i.e., computers, teleconferencing equipment). • Conservation Education Fellowship Endowment: $500,000 Income generated by this endowment will support the work of a graduate-level student assistant(s), who will be involved in providing educational programs for the Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation, in perpetuity. If you have an interest in contributing to one of these new endowment funds, or have additional questions, we welcome your inquiries. 25
  26. 26. F. Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Trustees and Staff Leadership Trustees: H. C. “Chuck” Weil John J. Welder, V Hughes C. Thomas and Dr. James G. Teer, Director Emeritus Dr. D. Lynn Drawe, Advisory Trustee Directors: Dr. Terry L. Blankenship, Director Dr. Selma N. Glasscock, Assistant Director 26
  27. 27. G. Photography Credits Page 1 White-tailed deer in a field of Huisache daisies, Sharon and Bill Draker Page 2 Dr. D. Lynn Drawe in his younger years at the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, and Dr. James G. Teer, courtesy of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Conservation Foundation Page 4 Students participating in Conservation Across Boundaries, a Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation program (Texas), in partnership with the Boone & Crockett Club (Montana) Page 5 Extinct Passenger pigeon by Donald Bowman, photographed by Neal Johnson, and Students conducting research with Dr. Selma Glasscock, courtesy of B. C. Glasscock Page 6 Painted bunting, Sharon and Bill Draker Page 7 Students participating in a class at the Refuge, courtesy of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Page 8 Welder Youth Hunt, courtesy of Amy Potts Page 10 American alligator, Rolf Nussbaumer and Bill Draker Page 11 Scissor-tailed flycatchers, Rolf Nussbaumer and Bill Draker, and Dr. Terry Blankenship teaching in the current Welder classroom, courtesy of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Page 12 Virtual rendering of the Education Facility, Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates Page 13 Rendering of proposed Education Facility museum exhibits, Chase Studio, Inc. Donald Bowman birds include, left to right, Common goldeneyes, Peregrine falcons, and Great curassow, by Neal Johnson 27
  28. 28. Page 14 Rendering of proposed Education Facility museum exhibits, Chase Studio, Inc., and photograph of Francis Lee Jaques, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. Page 15 Panorama of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge painted by Kan Fu, Chase Studio, Inc., and architectural presentation by Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates, Inc. Page 16 Floor plan of Education Facility, Cotton Landreth Kramer Architects and Associates Page 18 Group of students at the Welder Wildlife Refuge, courtesy of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Page 19 Green anole on a wood fence post, Sharon and Bill Draker Page 21 Ruby-throated hummingbird, Rolf Nussbaumer and Bill Draker Page 22 Rob H. and Bessie Welder, courtesy of the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation Page 25 Black-necked stilts at the Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sharon and Bill Draker Page 26 Crested caracara, by Sharon and Bill Draker Page 29 Welder ranch tack and barn door, Rolf Nussbaumer and Bill Draker. 28
  29. 29. Thank you! _________________________________________________________________ Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation P.O. Box 1400 10620 Highway 77 North Sinton, Texas 78387 361-364-2643 - Telephone 361-364-2650 - Facsimile CMA 29